Category Archives: travel in China

Living in China: The Rules

The shock that arises from moving to a new country comes in many forms: attempting to understanding its people, getting accustomed to its building and amenities, accepting the environmental quality, and embracing its food, traditions, and habits. Some of the

China’s Fruit Goodness

While I tried to make it a regular habit to include fruit in my diet in America, it admittedly didn’t happen as much as it should have.  To be honest, there weren’t many fruits that I really enjoyed.  They were

Lifestyle of an American in China

Our earning potential is often a driving factor in our pursuits. Many of us spend our lives in jobs we do not necessarily enjoy simply because if its compensation, theoretically overriding the disdain we endure in its daily accomplishment. Those

The Best Beach Holiday in China

While all of my friends and fellow teachers made winter holiday plans to return to their home countries or travel around Southeast Asia, I had a more limited scope with which to make plans.  While fostering our beautiful daughter, a

Finding Food is Always an Adventure: Cuisine Discoveries in Sanya, Hainan Island, China

There are few tricks that one learns in order to improve his chances at faring a decent meal in China.  First, the easiest food to find, especially when brand new to town, is to look for those famous golden arches. 

Saving Them All: China Orphans

Jin Qiu is a caring and responsible 13-year old Down’s Syndrome orphan who likes to take care of everyone.  He likes to carry the babies to bath time, feed other children and clean their faces, and report misdemeanors as needed. 

The Price is Always Negotiable

While visiting Yangshuo 阳朔 this week, we saw many beautiful sites, both natural and manmade.  We have not yet explored much of China, but this is the prettiest place I’ve seen so far.  Though Chinese, the feel of the town

A Chinese Wedding

Yesterday, we experienced more China firsts when we got to share our friends’ Chinese wedding day with them.  They have been “legally married” one year, but according to my understanding, the receiving of the marriage certificate in China is just


Today represents exactly one month since we took a trip to Qingyuan to begin a new journey.  Laila has made amazing progress in such a short time.  When I visited her for the first time in the orphanage, only her